Continue or terminate? Determinants of long-term volunteering in sports clubs

Authors
Schlesinger, T., Egli B. & Nagel, S.

Year
2013

Title
“Continue or terminate?” Determinants of long-term volunteering in sports Clubs.

Abstract
This study analyzed the determinants underlying sports club volunteers’ tendencies to continue or terminate their long-term commitment to volunteering in order to help sports clubs improve their volunteer management. Their risk of terminating was viewed in terms of subjective expectations and evaluations (satisfaction) regarding club-related working conditions and normative commitments (solidarity) to the sports club. These relationships were tested empirically with an online questionnaire of 441 sports club volunteers in a selection of 45 Swiss sports clubs. Results showed that the constructs orientation toward collective solidarity and volunteer job satisfaction correlated positively with long-term volunteering commitment. The effect of the former was stronger than that of the latter. Volunteers with a higher orientation toward collective solidarity were unlikely to terminate their voluntary engagement in their club. The discussion presents recommendations to help clubs retain volunteers. 

Full reference
Schlesinger, T., Egli B. & Nagel, S. (2013). “Continue or terminate?” Determinants of long-term volunteering in sports clubs. European Sport Management Quarterly, 13 (1), 32-53. DOI: 10.1080/16184742.2012.744766

Language of article
English 

 

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